The Persian

Rated 4.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Vahsalan Sahar arrives from Tehran to begin an art scholarship at the renowned Monarch’s Academy in London.
He is only faintly aware of the awful deaths hitting the news as he settles in, but when he wakes up beside the next victim, apparently dead at Vas’ hands, he's drawn into a tangled series of events which seem designed to make him appear to be the killer. More
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Words: 85,230
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458197641
About Gordon Watt

Gordon Watt is a writer and film-editor working between London and Congleton, his home in Cheshire.

He spent ten years working for the BBC in London working between News and Features editing daily news stories and later, long-form documentaries for the News Channel, BBC 1, 3 and 4, BBC World and BBC Persian TV. He has made several short films and in 2005, produced a feature-film.

Gordon spends most of his time in Cheshire staring out at his vegetable garden and trying not to notice the pride of cats stalking his partner Kit across the lawn.

He also regrets registering his web domain name before realising how pretentious the ‘A’ in his name on the front of this book looks.


Review by: Eric F on March 26, 2012 :
I forgot the well=deserved stars.
(review of free book)

Review by: Eric F on March 26, 2012 : (no rating)
Terrific book - classic whodunnit that leads the reader repeatedly up the garden path until the multidimensional shock ending is reached.

Its strengths are the way it creates the atmosphere of a foreign student living in London in a fantastically realistic way, the loving and tender (and sexy) depiction of the central relationship, the quality of the writing (even though the apostrophes weren't quite right, despite the long list of readers and editors) and, above all, the ingenuity of the plot.

Kick the procrastination, Gordon - your readers are waiting for your next.
(review of free book)

Review by: Christine on Feb. 03, 2012 :
(review of free book)

Review by: stephanie watt on Dec. 17, 2011 : (no rating)
I was a little apprehensive when starting to read this book, but I was pleasantly surprised that I got into the story and liked the characters very quickly. I know the area of London and felt that I was there at times. I had read the first half of the book prior to buying it and wanted to continue reading it. So purchased it myself. Well done son on your first book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Clodia Metelli on Oct. 17, 2011 :
The story of Vaz, a young Iranian art student in London, who goes on a night out with his new friends and inexplicably wakes up next to a dead body.

This was an enjoyable read; there is generally a good-hearted, somehow innocent feel throughout most of the novel,which is written in a chatty, colloquial style, with a strong emphasis on the redemptive power of love – this makes it the more shocking when things turn very dark indeed.

The setting in Walthamstow and the group of people Vaz becomes part of are vividly realised. The author has a good sense of place and description and clearly knows and loves the great Metropolis.

Crime is not my favourite genre, but the workings of the plot did somewhat stretch my credulity; however, I very often find that to be the case.

The novel could do with re-editing: there are lots of minor errors, especially with punctuation, the abuse of apostrophes being really quite painful. There are also sentences which were obviously hastily written and leave the meaning unclear.

This was a free ebook and an enjoyable entertaining novel, so really, I’m not complaining.
(review of free book)

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